• The Report of the Crusade of Saint Benedict Center •
In the legends that he crated in his Middle-Earth lore,olkien put some o those words on the graceul lips o Lady Galadriel, the wie o Celeborn, Lord o the “ree People” (Gal-adrim):“For the Lord o the Galadrim is accounted the wisest o theElves o Middle-earth, and a giver o gits beyond the power o kings. He has dwelt in the West since the days o dawn, and Ihave dwelt with him years uncounted; or ere the all o Nargo-thrond or Gondolin I passed over the mountains,
and together through ages o the world we have ought the long deeat.”
Te Elves had the advantage (or disadvantage) o a very longlie, due to which they had witnessed olly ater olly, deeatater deeat. (Tey could observe men somewhat like we canobserve ruit ies.) Indeed, the victory in the
Return o the King
is part o a very long history, beginning with
,that is rie with tragedy, treachery, and doom. Tis is why thereis a tinge o sadness in these mythical beings endowed with such wisdom. But note that in olkien’s own non-ctional words, hesees “some samples or glimpses o nal victory” occasionally interrupting the “long deeat.” Te genuine lost cause o which we speak may appear to most observers as a casualty in the longdeeat o history, but the cause itsel, inasmuch as it is the causeo the true, the good, and the beautiul, will be part o that “-nal victory.” What’s more, occasionally the deenders o a lostcause actually score a win. When they do, it is in act a glimpseo the nal victory.But, or the generality o worthy lost causes, the nal vic-tory — as in “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”— will be their only success worthy o the name. For, given theinuence wielded by the Prince o Tis World in the halls o power, the norm or this allen world is expressed in the stark words o Brother Francis’ poem, “Te Invisible Empire”: Whatever you are we can take you and make you, And while you play ball we need not orsake you.But i you stand or Jesusor battle or Mary, We quickly will break youand shall not tarry.Besides the Zouaves and the Carlistas, already mentioned, we can count among the Catholic lost causes that o the Cris-teros, the French Legitimists, the Jacobites o Britain, Scotland,and Ireland, Blessed Emperor Karl and the Austrian HapsburgEmpire, Catholic monarchy in general; more importantly, theapostolic causes o Catholic England (which were gloriously “lost” by such notables as Saint Edmund Campion, Saint Tom-as More, and Saint John Fisher), the cause o a Catholic Ameri-ca, and — lest we orget — the Crusades. Te pro-lie cause inthis nation is worthy o the name “lost,” and it appears that thecause or heterosexual marriage soon will be, too — God helpus!I promised to give some reasons why we should love lostcauses. Here are a ew:
• Every martyr, inasmuch as he was killed, bore testimony
to a lost cause. (Review our denition o lost causes to see howthis does not contradict the promises we have o the Church’sultimate victory.)
• Lost causes make for heroes, even if they are often “tragic”
• By them, we can show God that we are not fair-weather
riends, and we can practice such dicult Christian virtues ashumility, meekness, and patience. Tus, i we are supernaturally dedicated to these causes, they are powerully sanctiying.
• Tey remind the world of true Christian standards and un
-popular Catholic — or even natural-law — truths.
• Te devotees of these causes are often on the forefront of
other eforts to secure the common good — like the Carlists who ought with Franco’s Falangists. Sometimes, as in the Span-ish Civil War, they win.
• When the tide changes — perhaps generations later — the
loyal paladins o the lost cause will be there.
• Even while their ideas are rejected by the vast majority,
those who advocate or such causes can live their ideals in theirhomes, their amilies, their communities. In doing so, they canbe a orce or good.
• Lost causes can be, and often are, a literal fulllment of
Our Lord’s words rom the Gospel: “In the world you will havedistress, but have condence, I have overcome the world” (John16:33).
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Blessed Emperor Karl von Hapsburg